What, in your opinion, is the most reasonable explanation for the fact that Moses led the Israelites all over the place for forty years before they finally got to the Promised Land?
a) He was being tested.
b) He wanted them to really appreciate the Promised Land when they finally got there.
c) He refused…
d) men haven’t changed that much have they,lol.
The Israelites were forced to wander in the desert to try and get their sinful ways out of them before being led to the promised land. It took 40 years, and they still wouldn’t do good in the eyes of God. They had become so corrupt that Even Moses didn’t get to cross over the River Jordan, but only look at the Promised Land. The cloud by day and the fire by night was their map, and God led them where he chose to. EDIT: I think you need to read the story again NerdF. That’s not quite how the story goes. In fact, Moses didn’t lead them into Cannan, Joshua did. Moses was not allowed to cross the River Jordan because of his own disobediance when he became angry with the God because of the Israelites whining and he smote the rock. Vishal, if you really believe that map is real, then why does the Bible say they followed the cloud by day and the fire by night? That would be contradictory to the scriptures. LATEST UPDATE: According to the article, “Now, an archaeological dig on the shores of the Red Sea proves that God did show Moses the way.” According to a show I just watched on the History Channel tonight, they now say they have PROOF from Egyptian Hieroglyphs that the Israelites crossed the REED SEA, not the RED SEA, so if they were right, then the map was found in the wrong place. So now we have PROOF that the Israelites crossed the Reed Sea, but Moses lost his map in the Red Sea! How could this possibly be???? I know, maybe God must have known they were looking in the wrong place for the map, so he moved the map to where they were looking. IT’S A MIRACLE!!!! Isn’t is fun to watch scientists prove each other wrong when they try to prove the Bible is a hoax?
Mob mentality…disobedience, plus disrespect equals wondering 40 years. It’s not always wise to follow the crowd.
The majority of the original Israelites didn’t even make it to the promise land, including Moses, because of the mob mentality. It’s not what people think, it’s what God’s think that’s important.
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D. Let me share what the Bible says was their reason was for the 40 years wandering:
First of all, it wasn’t Moses that caused it, it was God.
12 spies were sent out to spy out the promised to see if it was all God told them it was. They came back, and only 2 of the spies, Joshuah & Caleb gave a positive report. The other 10 agreed that it was all God had said, but they were afraid to take the land because of the war-like people there. Because of that, God refused to let that generation go in to the land and said they would wander 1 year for every day they had been in the wilderness thus far (40) and that the whole generation of them above 20 years old would die in the wilderness and that it would be their children that went in (Except for Joshuah & Caleb, who wanted to go in and take the land)
Numbers 13:17 And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, Get you up this way southward, and go up into the mountain:
18 And see the land, what it is; and the people that dwelleth therein, whether they be strong or weak, few or many;
19 And what the land is that they dwell in, whether it be good or bad; and what cities they be that they dwell in, whether in tents, or in strong holds;
20 And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the firstripe grapes.
Numbers 13:27 And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.
28 Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak (Gianta) there.
29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.
30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.
31 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.
32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.
33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.
Numbers 14:11 ¶And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them?
Numbers 14:22 Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice;
23 Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it:
Numbers 14:29 Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me,
30 Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.
31 But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised.
32 But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness.
33 And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness.
34 After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.
35 I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.
Basically Moses was instructed by God to raise his voice against a rock in order to force it to produce water for the community, and as a sign that Moses had the blessing of God and could do God’s work merely by speaking His word. Moses instead struck the rock twice with his staff because he didn’t think that the community would believe him merely by speaking God’s word.
i think that he took forty years because maybe the promise land was very far and he rested nights and they ate together and some things like that, thats why i think he took 40 years
C, refused to ask for directions. like most men. Too bad they did not have navigational system back than.
D: All of the above! LOL!
You should have asked this in Religion and Spirituality. You would get a lot of offended people! LOL! j/k.
KINDA A but really D…they were cursed by god to wander for 40 years due to disobediance…but they were being tested also in a sense to see if they would keep the faith and the law..
I may get struck by lightning for this but I’m a goin wit C.
D:) There was no earth satellite mapping services nor computers or Internet with which to guide him.
E:) Distortions about time are are common in the Bible.